, Volume 165, Issue 5, pp 319-325

Determination of trace elements in honey by INAA in Turkey

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Instrumental neutron activation analysis was applied to the determination of As, Cr, Sb, K, Br, Zn, Fe, Co in Turkish honey. Irradiation time was 6 h underwater at a thermal flux of 1013 n cm−2 s−1; cooling times of 100 h and 3–4 weeks and counting times of 5000 s and 80.000 sec were used. The detection limit for As is 0.01 ppm for honey matrix under these conditions. A technique was developed for sealing the quartz tube containing the honey with flame.